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Obituaries for May 22, 2003

Dorothy Mae Swanson

Sept. 21, 1923 — May 19, 2003

Dorothy Mae Swanson, a longtime resident of Murphys, died Monday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 79.

She was born in South Dakota and lived in Murphys for 39 years. She was a homemaker, a past member of the Rotary and Lions clubs and loved to work in her garden.

She is survived by a son, Dan C. Swanson of Murphys; a brother, Neal Harr of Brentwood; two grandchildren, Tyra McCart Swanson of Carlsbad and Ashley Martens of Minnesota; and two great-grandchildren.

No services will be held at her request. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Ileta

Thompson-Moran

May 31, 1919 — March 25, 2003

Ileta Thompson-Moran, a former longtime Sonora resident, died March 25 at a care center in Newberg, Ore., after a long illness. She was 83.

She was a descendant of a pioneer family who traveled from Kentucky in 1847 by wagon train over the Oregon Trail and helped settle the Williamette Valley.

Mrs. Thompson-Moran lived in Sonora for 46 years, from 1947-93. After marrying Floyd Thompson in 1937, she lived in Salem, Ore., until she, her husband, and their 4-year-old son, Gary, moved to Oakland. Mr. Thompson worked as a steamfitter in the Alameda Naval Shipyards. She gave birth to her second son in Oakland in 1945. Two years later, she and her family moved to Sonora, where Mr. Thompson was employed by Merrihew's Tire and Battery Shop on Washington Street next to Panero's Union Station.

She worked as a bookkeeper at various times at J.S. West & Co. Appliance Store and Merrihew's Auto Parts, as a sales clerk at Nelson's Candy Kitchen, and as a pharmacy clerk at Brady's Rexall Drug on Washington Street. She was later employed by Bertelli's Drug and Bob's Greenley Pharmacy, and co-owned Floyd's Tire and Battery Shop. Mr. Thompson preceded her in death in 1972.

Three years after her first husband's death, she married Syd Moran of Don Pedro. They had been married for three years when Mr. Moran died in 1978.

Mrs. Thompson was a past chief of the Pythian Sisters, Gold Leaf Temple of Sonora. Her family said she loved to cook, sew and do handicrafts. She was an avid quilter, enjoyed watching the Oakland A's and had many friends in the Sonora area. Because she loved gardening, her family said, she claimed she inherited a "green thumb" from her ancestors, who all were farmers.

After living 50 years in California, she relocated to Milwaukie, Ore., to be near family and friends.

Mrs. Thompson-Moran is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Mozelle Thompson of Aurora, Ore., and former Soulsbyville and Curtis Creek Elementary teacher, Tom Thompson, and his wife, Lesley, of Hermosa Beach; four grandchildren, Kimberly Hughes, and her husband, John, Kelly Rood, and her husband, Dennis, and Kari Fahrenkopf, and her husband, Gerold, all of Portland, Ore., and Pat Thompson, and his wife, Iris, of Redondo Beach; three great-grandchildren, Kesley and Nicholas Rood of Newberg, Ore., and Matthew Thompson of Redondo Beach.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Thompson, who was a fireman in Torrance when he was killed by a drunken driver in 1995.

A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson. Hillside Chapel Funeral Home, Oregon City, Ore., is handling arrangements.

Harry Zelazny

March 30, 1947 — May 19, 2003

Harry D. Zelazny of Copperopolis died Monday at a Sonora hospital of natural causes. He was 56.

He was raised in San Luis Obispo and was a 1965 graduate of Mission High School. In high school, he played football, baseball and also raced quarter midget cars. Later he attended St. Mary's College in Moraga. He lived in Sonora and Tuolumne for 24 years before moving to Copperopolis, where he lived for one year.

Mr. Zelazny was a fire captain for the California Department of Forestry at the Sierra Conservation Center for 24 years before retiring in 1993. He served in the Army during Vietnam and received a purple heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Twain Harte chapter of the American Legion, and the Mountain Springs Men's Club. He enjoyed golf and traveling.

He was married to Nancy Hitch Zelazny for 19 years.

He is survived by a sister, JoAnn Wilcox Ceniceros of San Jose; a brother, Bob Wilcox of San Luis Obispo; an aunt, Mildred Burrell of San Francisco; three cousins, Barbara Huckins of Foster City, Brenda Crane of Placerville, and Judy Watterman of Elgin, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Josephine and Harry S. Zelazny.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, 94010.

A visitation is scheduled from 5-7 tonight at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. A burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at San Luis Obispo Cemetery. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Amy

Condon

Dec. 18, 1922 — May 15, 2003

Mary Amy Condon, a former resident of Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, died May 15 in San Francisco. She was 80.

She was born in Broken Bow, Neb. She lived in Jamestown for 11 years, Murphys for 13 years, and two years with her daughter, Katherine, in San Francisco. She was a homemaker who owned and operated the Condon Market in Jamestown from 1977-88.

She is survived by a son, Michael Condon of Pacific Grove; three daughters, Katherine Condon and Darla Whitaker, both of San Francisco, and Patricia Utz of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Alice Browillette of York, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Condon, in 1996.

A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Murphys. Donations can be made in her memory to San Francisco Zoological Society, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, 94132. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

BEDDELL — Kathleen Beddell, 59, of Twain Harte, died yesterday at a San Leandro hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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